Free Resources & Lesson Plans
Category: Educator Guides
Extreme Heat: Heat Waves, Drought and Agriculture
The “Extreme Heat: Heat Waves, Drought and Agriculture” educator’s guide brings together a series of activities developed by the education office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, along with resources developed by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, to provide a comprehensive exploration of how weather and drought impact agriculture.
Dive In! Exploring the Science of Water & Food Production
Welcome to Dive In! Exploring the Science of Water and Food Production, a water education resource for teachers and volunteer educators. These Problem-Based Learning methods will engage students in the science of water and food production. Questions include:
- Why do we need water?
- Where does water come from?
- Is all water the same?
- How can we responsibly use water?
- How can I be involved with water?
Feeding Minds Cultivating Growth Educator’s Guide
This lesson plan series has been designed to help students learn about American agriculture from the perspective of one of their peers; but this time their peer is a character in an agriculturally based novel.These resources were developed with the middle-school educator in mind; the three selected books are appropriate for middle-school readers, and the content lends to important discussion about issues relevant to young learners. The resources reinforce an accurate image of the agricultural industry, as determined by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (AFBFA), while inviting students to explore important concepts related to personal growth. Regardless of your primary subject area, you have an opportunity to support learning with these fun, relevant resources!
Teacher’s Guide to The Man Who Fed the World
How do we cultivate a sustainable future for Earth’s growing population? What role does agriculture play in ensuring food security? These are questions students will answer as they study The Man Who Fed the World. The teacher’s guide to the book contains modules and instructional materials designed to help high school students examine the elements of sustainable international development efforts, specifically with respect to the role agriculture plays in spurring economic transformation and growth in developing countries. Through reading The Man Who Fed the World, a biography about Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug by Leon Hesser, students gain a firsthand account of the Green Revolution. The selected readings from the book illustrate a concrete example of a past international development effort for students to analyze from multiple perspectives, including its impact on food production, economic transformation, government policies, technological research and development, and the environment. At the end of the lesson, students will articulate a position, informed by fact, regarding how modern agriculture can be applied to sustainably accommodate Earth’s growing population through future development efforts.
Discover Ag Careers
The resources in this kit are based on each career focus area. Each area includes:
- One lesson that introduces students to the career focus area and associated career opportunities
- Three standards-based, interdisciplinary supplemental activities that each feature a different career from that area
- One take-home activity sheet that introduces students to another career from that area through a fun, engaging activity
The resources are designed to focus on one career focus area each month during the school year. If you choose to follow this structure, we recommend having a weekly career day. The main lesson is presented the first week of the month, followed by the three supplemental activities
Food Science Fun
This facilitator guide is what you need to put on easy hands on student workshops about science and food. Perfect ideas for fairs, ag days, science camps, day camps, after school programs and more!
Syngenta Summer Fellowship Educator’s Guide
Biotechnology and Agri-Science STEM education
This collection of lesson plans was authored by North Carolina teachers after their experience in the Syngenta Summer Fellowship program. The Fellowship is a 10-day experience that immerses STEM teachers into the world of agricultural biotechnology. These lessons are separate (not culminating) and therefore can be used individually.